Originally Posted by konyalikartal
Among several threads I have read that TMS Hamburg is slower than that of Roland Garros, Monte Carlo etc. So what is the reason that Federer is easily winning this tournament by easily beating Coria, Gaudio and many other baseliners although according to me this slowness of the court should benefit baseliners? Generally when the courts are becoming faster everyone knows that baseliners are less succesfull but why is this situation opposite in clay courts?
The main reason is that there are only few players better on clay than Federer right now , i would say Nadal ( he hasn't played in Hamburg the last two years ) and Gasquet ( if he has a good day .)
Players like Coria and Moya have shown that they aren't able to beat Federer , not even on clay . Players like Ferrero are very far from his best level , and players like Gaudio haven't the enough regularity to reach the final rounds when they would have to face Federer, although i don't see Gaudio winning Federer a lot of matches on clay ( in my opinion Federer will have always a winner head to head against Gaudio on clay , in fact Gaston has right now a loser head to head against Roger on clay 2-0 ).
Besides , Hamburg is a very cold tounament and a lot of claycourters hate to play under those weather conditions , on the other hand Federer has an special atmosphere with this german-speaking tournament.